Barca ease previous Juve; Chelsea, Man U cruise

Turin (Italy), October 29

There was no Cristiano Ronaldo on the field and no fans in the stands to see Barcelona and Lionel Messi beat Juventus 2-0 away in the Champions League. Ronaldo’s lingering Covid-19 case prevented a first meeting between him and Messi in the group stage of a competition they have combined to win nine times.

Barcelona took an early lead in Turin through Ousmane Dembele and had plenty of chances to seal the win long before Messi scored a penalty as 90 minutes ticked over into stoppage time.

Rashford hat-trick

Marcus Rashford scored a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Leipzig 5-0 at home, while Chelsea brushed aside Krasnodar 4-0 in Russia, giving England’s four clubs a sweep of wins this week without conceding a goal. A wave of second-half goals also earned wins for Paris Saint-Germain — after losing Neymar early to injury — Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla.

Some of the gloss went out of the Juve-Barca game — the repeat of a standout final in 2015 — when Ronaldo was ruled out in the morning. His virus infection was revealed more than two weeks ago while on international duty with Portugal. — AP

Champions league

Results (group stage)

  • Barcelona bt Juventus 2-0
  • Man United bt Leipzig 5-0
  • Chelsea bt Krasnodar 4-0
  • PSG bt Istanbul 2-0
  • Sevilla bt Rennes 1-0
  • Brugge dr Lazio 1-1
  • Dortmund bt Zenit 2-0
  • Ferencvaros dr Kyiv 2-2

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